Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 Poetry |

Stanzas from the Life of George Fox, 1651-57

                  for Roberta Capers I came once to Lichfield.  Rumor preceded me,   The priests who said   I had been taken up above the cloud,Returned to earth gently, My pockets filled with silver and with gold. Three steeplehouses there  Struck at my very sight,   Past hedge and ditch,   The whining of the shepherds' collie bitch,  Till quickly I untied My shoes, the Lord's word in me like a fire, And barefoot, crying "Woe!"  And "Woe!" strode through the town   Of bloody Lichfield;   And only learned a thousand had been martyred There under Diocletian When my own blood had marked the crusted snow. They could not then agree  What to do. Some opined  To have me up   Before their Parliament; others said ship  Him off to Ireland. But praised or damned is all the same to me. And weary once I came To an house, it being night   And wintery.  But my plain speech took the woman str

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